Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.
Tonight, Judith Starkston (Hand of Fire
, Priestess of Ishana
) continues the series with "Writing from Another Time and Place."
Digging deep into a letter, prayer, or offering of advice from another time or place exercises our imaginations and allows us to write inside a different viewpoint and world in a more authentic, empathetic, and responsible way. We will look first at a model of a document and a fictional scene arising from it, and discuss an overview of the creative opportunities and challenges of writing a world/time/place other than the writer’s own. Then participants will pair up for a three-part immersion. This exercise will use the 12th Century BCE Hittite Plague Prayer Cycle, a letter written by a lawyer in the silver mining town of Leadville in the late 1800s, and documentary fragments from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1869 The American Woman’s Home
. Each of these documents raises familiar contemporary social issues, but in unfamiliar contexts from the past. Partners will choose a document and brainstorm a conflict and action for these two characters in response to the document.
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